Informative Speech

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Informative Outline
Topic: “Postpartum Depression”
General Purpose: To inform
Specific Purpose: To inform the audience about Postpartum Depression
Thesis: Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that can greatly effect new mothers. Knowing how to recognize their symptoms and treating it can greatly increase chances of a healthy, happy living.
Attention Getter: Imagine a bright sunny morning, lite clouds low chances of rain which is a great example of a perfect day. You receive a call from someone who is about to have a baby. Who can believe an already perfect day can get any better. The mother is in labor and the baby is due any second now. The most joyous, exciting, life-changing and memorable moment in anyone’s life is about to
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In the 2006 book Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders: A Clinician’s Guide authored by Beck and Driscoll, states certain risk factors such as socioeconomic status, ethnicity, education level and self-esteem can also play a role in the development of this depression.
B. There are several mood disorders that falls under the umbrella of PPD which makes it vital to decipher between them.
1. Baby Blues, the most common and mildest form of mood disorder can last up to two weeks after having a baby without the mother needing treatment.
a. Its very name describes what it entails: crying, anxiety, and sadness.
b. Davidson stated in her 2012 book A Nurse’s Guide to Women’s Mental Health that “It is estimated that 50-80 percent of women suffers from some form of baby blues after birth”. (pg.175)
2. Postpartum Depression is more intense and last longer than Baby Blues. It takes effect a few weeks to a year after a child is born.
3. Postpartum Psychosis is a rare but the most severe form of postpartum depression.
a. It can begin at any time during the first year after having a newborn and due to its severity and length it must be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.
b. This form involves a mother having hallucinations and delusions.
Transition (Now that I have told you what postpartum depression is let

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